Switch to Dual Emblem Display

Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[e3r p69]

In fertilitatem[1] sibi ipsi damno-
sam.

Fruitfulness bringing its own destruction

XXXIX.

Ludibrium pueris lapides iacientibus, hoc me
In trivio posuit rustica cura nucem.
Quae laceris ramis, perstrictoque ardua libro,
Certatim fundis per latus omne petor.
Quid sterili posset contingere turpius? eheu,
Infelix fructus in mea damna fero.[2]

A countryman’s care placed me, a nut tree, at this cross-roads, where I am the butt of stone-throwing boys. I have grown tall, but my branches are broken, my bark bruised, I am attacked with sling-stones, competing on every side. What worse fate could befall a barren tree? Alas, cursed tree that I am, I bear fruit to my own destruction.

COMMENTARIA.

Nux arbor sive iuglans conqueritur, qu˛d
rusticus illam iuxta viam publicam plantave-
rit, ut ludibrio esset vel etiam pueris praeter-
euntibus, qui illam lapidibus peterent, ramos
sibi fustibus frangerent, corticÚ excoriarent,
ab omni denique parte crudeliter percuterent:
c¨m talia potius fieri deberent arbori sterili
Link to an image of this pageá Link to an image of this page á[e3v p70]& inutili. Se tandem vel ob id saltem miseram
exclamat qu˛d copiam fructuum in ipsius-
met damnum & detrimentum producat. Hanc
elegantem Nucis querelam (unde etiam hoc
Emblema desumptum videtur) legimus apud
Ovidium in Elegia de Nuce. Fertur autem pro-
prium esse huius arboris, quo magis & fre-
quentius verberibus caedatur, eo plures me-
lioresque fructus procreet. Hinc in Aesopicis
fabellis annotantur versiculi.

Nux, Asinus, Mulier, simili sunt lege ligati.
Haec tria nil rectŔ faciunt si verbera cessent.

Verissima sunt haec, praesertim in ultimo.

Notes:

1. áTextual variant: foecunditatem.

2. áThis is a translation of Anthologia graeca 9.3, see also Aesop, Fables 152.


Related Emblems

Hide related emblems Hide related emblems

Hint: You can set whether related emblems are displayed by default on the preferences page


Iconclass Keywords

Relating to the image:

Relating to the text:

  • Damage, Disservice; 'Danno' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [54BB31(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass
  • Fruitfulness, Productiveness, Fertility, Fecundity; 'Fecondit´┐Ż' (Ripa) (+ emblematical representation of concept) [58A3(+4)] Search | Browse Iconclass

Hint: You can turn translations and name underlining on or off using the preferences page.

 

Back to top